The CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a pre-service Teacher Development programme covering both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English. It is an internationally recognised qualification with no expiry. Coursework and teaching are internally assessed and externally moderated by Cambridge English. Candidates who successfully complete the course portfolio will be awarded a certificate from Cambridge English at the levels of Pass, Pass B or Pass A.

Why do the CELTA at ATI?

  • We have been training teachers for over 20 years
  • We have an excellent team of on-site trainers
  • We offer a high level of support and guidance
  • Our centre is easily accessible with various transport links
  • We have an online classroom to support your face-to-face learning
  • Our course participants come from an eclectic mix of nationalities and backgrounds
  • We give you two reference books to be used during and after the course

Who does the CELTA at ATI?

  • People with no previous teaching experience - the course provides you with the basic tools and techniques you will need for teaching English as a foreign language
  • People with some teaching experience - although the course is a pre-service course, we have many applicants who have some classroom experience. For those people, the CELTA helps to refine some of the teaching skills they already have as well as introducing them to new ideas and techniques

What are the entry REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants must...

  • be at least 18 (It is generally recommended that candidates should be aged 20 or over, but candidates aged between 18 and 20 can be accepted at our discretion.)
  • have an awareness of language and a competence in both written and spoken English which will enable them to undertake the course and prepare for teaching a range of levels. This will be determined during the application process.
  • have the potential to develop the necessary skills to become effective teachers and to complete successfully the written assignments and the assessment of practice teaching.

What KIND of programmes are AVAILABLE?

  • Full-time face-to-face courses - Monday-Friday - all day (4 weeks)
  • Online courses with a face-to-face teaching practice component

What does the course INVOLVE?

The course consists of 120 contact hours which is divided up as follows:

  • Input sessions (40 hours face-to-face with online support)
  • 6 hours of Teaching Practice (observed by experienced tutors from ITI with volunteer students)
  • Supervised lesson planning (usually with teaching points to guide you on what and how to teach)
  • Feedback on teaching practice (done in a group format with your tutor and peers)
  • Peer observation of teaching practice
  • Tutorials (one-to-one consultation with your tutor at least twice during the course)
  • Four written assignments (designed to support and reflect what you do in the classroom)
  • 6 experienced teacher observations (built into the course programme)

Cambridge also recommends a further 120 hours of self-study time (background reading, assignment writing, lesson preparation e.t.c.)